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Official Meeting Blogger: John P. McGovern Award Lecture

The Plenary Sessions were a great way to start the day and take everything in before I attended sessions and met with vendors. There were four plenaries this year and this post focuses on John P. McGovern Award Lecture. 

“Discovering New Pathways to Information: What Today’s Users Tell Us” 

Four practitioners from Chicago institutions spoke in a panel. 

  • Vineet Aruroa, MD, MAPP, Professor of Medicine, Assistant Dean for Scholarship and Discovery, Associate Chief Medical Officer-Clinical Learning Environment, Pritzker School of Medicine, University of Chicago 
    • Dr. Aruroa stresses that she stays up-to-date on her phone, specifically Twitter, UptoDate, and Pubmed.
    • Virtual Journal Club was held with the Journal of Hospital Medicine over Twitter. Over 30 sessions were held with 70 participants per session. She shared it was “a novel way to build community and prevent physician burnout.”
  • Margaret K Danilovich, PT, DPT, PhD, Assistant Professor, Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University 
    • Dr. Danilovich recommends Twitter as a way to follow publications to learn of new issues, new grants and funding opportunities, and connect with fellow researchers.
    • Virtual communities are opportunities to share specialty knowledge and discuss professional knowledge.  
    • Medical Professionals are tweeting between the hours of nine am to five pm and a third of physicians are followed by other physicians.
  • Allison Lale, MD, MPH, Clinical Associate of Family Medicine, Pritzker School of Medicine, University of Chicago
    • Dr. Lale relies on her mobile device to support patient care and acquire medical information. Specifically, she displays photos of pills to confirm prescribed medication with a patient patients on her device, reads medical texts, and access the UptoDate App. 
  • Janice Phillips, PhD, RN, CERN, FAAN, Director of Nursing Research and Health Equity, Rush University Medical Center
    • Dr. Phillips applauded librarians' support of nursing: “medical librarians are superheroes for nurses.”
    • She recommended that nurse leaders engage in scholarly activity and meet librarians support them.
    • She urged librarians to reach out to medical professionals and health practitioners.

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